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ShelterBox is an international disaster relief charity that delivers emergency shelter, warmth and dignity to people affected by disaster worldwide.
Starting as the brainchild of one Rotarian with the support of his Rotary club in year 2000 – ShelterBox has grown to become the largest Rotary Club project in the 100 year history of the organization.
Rotarian support currently contributes an estimated 50% of ShelterBox donations. Around 5,000 rotary clubs worldwide have supported ShelterBox since it was launched.
Recognizing this worldwide support from the Rotary community, ShelterBox was designated as a Global Rotary Club Project in 2009. Logos with this designation will now appear on all ShelterBoxes, tents, blankets and ancillary materials.
Rotary supporting ShelterBox
Rotarians underpin many of the essential activities of ShelterBox including:
- Donations - vital to funding ShelterBox disaster relief efforts
- Support in promoting the work of ShelterBox by speaking to clubs, schools & community groups
- Volunteering in all fields from packing boxes, to admininstrative support and fundraising assistance
- Participation in volunteer ShelterBox Response Teams (SRTs) deployed to disasters worldwide to deliver aid
- Extensive support to SRTs arriving in disaster affected countries. Help often encompasses customs clearance, logistics, transport, accommodation and essential local knowledge and connections
- Staff, management and leadership of the organisation as employees or volunteer trustees and directors
ShelterBox supporting Rotary
The Rotary International Strategic Plan encourages all Rotarians to:
- Advance the recognition and public image of RI and Rotary
- Expand membership globally in both numbers and quality
- Increase Rotary's capacity to provide service
ShelterBox is ideally placed to support the above with regular events, news, stories and imagery of Rotary and Rotarians engaged in 'Service above Self'. Many Rotary clubs have reported that club support activities for ShelterBox have been very successful in attracting strong interest in Rotary and increased membership.
Request a ShelterBox Presentation for your Club
ShelterBox USA is fortunate to have many volunteers across the USA who visit Rotary clubs and other civic meetings to give presentations about ShelterBox. Request a speaker today by emailing emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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